Nov. 30, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Washington State's Andrew Palileo was named the Pacific-10 Conference Volleyball Coach of the Year for 2009, in just his second year with the Cougars volleyball program.
Seniors Renee Bordelon and Cassie Robbins were named to the All-Pac-10 honorable mention team. Oceana Bush was voted to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team and Rachel Todorovich was named to the All-Freshman honorable mention team.
Palileo, who inherited a program that hadn't won more than three conference matches in a year for four consecutive seasons, mentored the Cougars to an 18-12 overall record and into the 2009 NCAA Championship Tournament for the first time in seven years. In his first season at Washington State, Palileo's team went 10-19 overall and 3-15 in Pac-10 play. The Cougars finished 6-12 (8th) in the Pac-10 in 2009 and only one of the losses came to a team not ranked in the top 18 nationally. Washington State will play No. 20 Northern Iowa (30-2) in an NCAA first round match Friday, Dec. 4, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Palileo was named the 2007 Summit League Coach of the Year while at South Dakota State. The only other Washington State volleyball coach to receive Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors was Cindy Fredrick in 1995 when WSU went 22-7 overall, 12-6 (t-2nd) in conference action.
Bordelon, a setter from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, averages 11.46 assists per set which is third-best in the Pac-10 and 14th-best in the NCAA. Bordelon's two-year total of 2,058 assists is seventh-best in WSU career records. Robbins, a middle blocker from Yakima, Wash., averages 1.24 blocks per set which is fourth-best in the conference and 40th nationally. Robbins's four-year career totals for solo blocks (49), block assists (299) and total blocks (348) are all ranked 10th in WSU all-time standings.
Bush, a libero from Spokane, Wash., averages 4.81 digs per set which is third-best in the Pac-10 and 49th nationally. Her 520 digs for this season is the third-highest in WSU single-season records. Todorovich, a right-side hitter from Walla Walla, Wash., averaged 2.10 kills per set and her 68 blocks is third-best on the team.
For a complete listing of the 2009 Pac-10 volleyball honors, go to www.pac-10.org or click on the PDF above.